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Today’s service as below.
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Service 20th September 20 Matthew 20:1-16
United in one Sprit, we are called to stand strongly.
United in one mind, we are called to live faithfully.
United in one God, we are called to love abundantly.

Let us Pray
Love through us, living God, in the power of your Holy Spirit.
Love through us, Holy One,
by the grace of your child, Jesus Christ.
Strengthen our faith, that we may respond with trust and hope.
In your mighty name, we pray. Amen

Readings
Philippians 1:21-30
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me. 27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit,[a] striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
Gospel reading
20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.
“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’
7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Reflection
Our theme for today is “help wanted”. This is one of the things that you are often asked when you are part of a church. We need help!!!!! and it is often the same people who give that help. At St George’s, I think you all give help when and where you can. So, let us think through what is really happening in this parable.

In the verses just before this (Matthew 19:27) Peter has said “we left everything and followed you. What do we get out of it?” He was wondering out loud as Peter does, what was there for him and the disciples in following Jesus. What was there in all that he had given up being a disciple. His family and his job and friends and what would his future (and those of the other disciples) be like? After all they had given up everything.
So, what was Jesus trying to teach them through this parable?

One of the teachings is the generosity of grace. You can imagine though, how the first workers that had been hired that day are feeling. They have been out in the hot sun from early in the morning and it is now after 6pm at night and they have been paid the same amount as those who have only been working for an hour. We could think of them as being selfish or ungrateful as this is how we all think sometimes. When we see someone else who we think has got more than they should have. Jesus is teaching them though that the person who comes late, is just as important as the person who comes early and does all the work.

Jesus is also teaching them about fairness, and what is important, as well as a different way of looking at life. First, difficulties happen, no matter where you are in life, or what you are doing or going through. There are always issues that do not seem to go how you expected them to go. It is how you look at life that is important. What Jesus is trying to tell the people in our story today is that God’s grace is not something that you can store up or choose to use, when you want to get something that you want from it. It is also not something that one person can have a lot of and another not much at all. What we need to see from this example is that what people get from serving God and doing his work in the world, is not actually a wage and it is not a reward for the work we have done.

When God keeps his promises to us, he is not rewarding us for our efforts and what we have done. But doing what comes naturally to him through his overflowing generous nature. People who work for the church in many ways, can think that they are the ones who God loves the most, because they are part of God’s inner circle.

Jesus though is out in the marketplace looking for people everyone else is trying to ignore. Jesus or God’s love does not come with limits attached to it, nor is it for those who deserve it. It is available to everyone. He welcomes those from the marketplace in the same way as he does everyone else and surprises them with his wonderful love. We need to be always thinking this through.

A different ending for this Parable could go like this and when evening came the owner of the vineyard said. “Call the workers and pay them their wages beginning with the last to start work then the first.” When the workers who were hired at 5 O’clock came each was given a day’s wages and everyone cheered thanking the landowner for his generosity. Each worker then went home smiling and praising God. Amen

Prayers.
Let us come with openness to express our concerns
for the Church and the world,
to the God of compassion and gracious understanding.

Loving Father, whenever we start to get offended
by your generosity or open-mindedness,
give us the grace to repent and join your rejoicing.
Guard the Church against self-righteousness
and all the rules and limits which you would not own,
but keep always before us the rule of love.

Loving Father, may our closeness to family and friends
make us never exclusive, shutting others out,
but always inclusive, welcoming others in.
Encourage us in outgoing hospitality and keep us from becoming
possessive with those we love.

Loving Father, thank you for helping us to pray;
deepen our loving, so that as we pray through this week
we may do it with your heart of compassion.




As this is Maori language week let us say the Lord’s Prayer in Maori.
E tō mātou Matua i te rangi
Kia tapu tōu Ingoa.
Kia tae mai tōu rangatiratanga.
Kia meatia tāu e pai ai
ki runga ki te whenua,
kia rite anō ki tō te rangi.
Hōmai ki a mātou āianei
he taro mā mātou mō tēnei rā.
Murua ō mātou hara,
Me mātou hoki e muru nei
i ō te hunga e hara ana ki a mātou.
Aua hoki mātou e kawea kia whakawaia;
Engari whakaorangia mātou i te kino:
Nōu hoki te rangatiratanga, te kaha,
me te korōria,
Āke ake ake. Āmine.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Go forth with the strength of the Holy Spirit.
Love with the grace of Jesus Christ.
Rejoice in the steadfast love of God. Amen
Morning Everyone have a blessed Sunday .

Service 13th September 2020
Opening Prayer.
Gracious God renew our minds with the power of your Holy Spirit.
Cleanse our Spirits, with the mercy of your Grace.
Bring us into fellowship with one another,
and grant us the courage to defend the lowly.
Part the waters of our troubled thoughts,
that we might see others as you see them.
Protect us with your powerful hand,
that we might sing of your faithfulness
and dance to your glory. Amen

Readings
Romans 14:1-12
14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarrelling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]
12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God

Matthew 18:21-35
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[a]
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[b] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[c] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Reflection
This morning in this reflection I am using the Romans, and the Matthew readings. As in fact our readings today have similar themes to them. That is one of forgiveness, and how Jesus points out to us that we need to forgive others and ourselves many, many, times.
In the reading for today from Romans we hear Paul say that each person must follow the path that is theirs, the one that God has given them. The paths that others follow, may actually be different from the ones we follow. It is important that we are obedient to what we see, and feel is the way that Jesus wants us to be. We are all different, but also equally obedient to God. What Paul though is trying to get the people to see, is the bigger picture, as it is not just about you and God, but about what God is trying to do in the world. That is, while we try and get people to see what we are trying to do from our own perspective and what we think is right. God is out there in the world seeing to everyone no matter who they are or what they eat, or what they do. Each of us will need to give an account to God for what we do, but most importantly of all: How we love each other.
This is also what is most important in the Matthew story. Again, it is Peter who steps forward and asks the difficult question “Lord if another member of the Church sins against me how often should I forgive”. Peter wants to keep track and count and record all the ways there are to do this. He wants to keep track of reconciliation, love, and forgiveness. This is like trying to count the stars in the sky at night once you start keeping track you have already lost some of the wonder. You might begin to think that forgiveness is something that belongs to you, that you can own it and distribute it when you want to, In doing this we forget the most important point “that forgiveness is a gift” either for ourselves or for others. When Jesus tells Peter, he should forgive seventy times seven, he does not mean that we need count to 490 times. God means for us to stop counting and let forgiveness flow freely from our hearts. With no counting or holding on to what is happening. Just let it flow.
Like a story that I found: Some brothers from a monastery went to their Abbot asking him to judge another who had committed some unnamed sin. The Abbot refused at first, but they kept on asking. Finally, he said that he would do it. As he walked to the village, they could see that he had a large wineskin on his back filled with sand, that was pouring out behind him as he walked. So, they asked him “why are you wearing the wineskin with the sand pouring out”? He said, “You have asked me to come and judge the sins of another person, and my sins are pouring out behind me”. They were astonished and surprised and from there, went on to offer forgiveness to their brother instead of judgement.
The more you are unable to forgive, the more you become confused and tangled up and unable to move forward, to what God has in store for you. Jesus is telling his followers that there is a whole new way of life for them if they practice forgiveness. It can though seem impossible, here Jesus is saying that forgiveness is essential.
Through this it is important to know that we need to begin not with ourselves, but by knowing that we have the love of God who shows us what forgiveness is and how to forgive. God is calling us into a new relationship with our God and our neighbour which is made possible by the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus. This is where we always need to turn with grateful hearts. It begins with God’s power and his amazing desire to forgive us, and not through our own power.
It is all about God’s grace. And I think this is what the Abbot is saying or doing through carrying the wineskin of sand.
When Jesus told Peter to forgive seventy times seven, he was inviting him into a way of life with forgiveness at the centre. It is the same way of life that we are all invited to live. Forgiveness us a way of life that begins with the experience of God’s Forgiveness.
some wounds are deeper than others and require more work. Yet I know that freedom comes from surrendering repeatedly to God, those people who have hurt me/us.
This is the way to God’s freedom, and it is the Spirit of God at work within us that makes it possible. Perhaps this is why Paul said: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, even forgive the one who offends me”. Philippians 4:13. Amen.
Intercessions
In the knowledge of all God has done for us,
let us bring to him our concerns for the church and the world.

Thank you, Father, for the love which forgives again and again,
and is prepared to trust us with the care of your people
even after we have let you down many times.
Teach us to minister to one another’s needs
with compassion, sensitivity, and discipline,
so that all are affirmed and encouraged.

Thank you, Father, for what we have been forgiven
and for the opportunities we have each day
to learn the joy of forgiving others.
Smash through our self-righteousness
and keep us learning in humility at your feet.

Thank you, Father, for disturbing our complacency
and challenging us to move forward with you,
assured of your company and your love.

Merciful Father accept these prayers,
for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you to defend you.
within you to keep you
before you to lead you.
beside you to guard you
and above you to bless you. Amen

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